Beehive Barn lies on the edge of Caldbeck, set in the northern fells of the Lake District. The proud creation of owners Tony and Carol Bolton, they have turned this former barn, set in the grounds of their own Georgian Farmhouse, into a chic retreat for couples and small families.
With Carol's soft furnishings studio responsible for everything throughout the cottage, you may find yourselves tempted to order something for home.
The village lies a short stroll down the lane. A bustling community with some fine architecture, offering a local store and post office, a café and restaurant, and for a pint, the Oldfellows Arms. The village location, known locally as ‘Back O’ Skidda”, places it about 25 minutes from the surrounding larger towns of Keswick, Cockermouth and Penrith, where closer, an easy 1.5 miles, lies the delightful village of Hesket Newmarket with its famous inn, The Old Crown, serving local brewed ales and an excellent cuisine.
From the barn walks and cycle routes abound, with trails crisscrossing the nearby moors and fells, where you are surrounded by the well-known peaks of Skiddaw and Blencthra, High Pike and Carrock Fell, along with the magnificent lakes of Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater and Ullswater each a short drive away.
Tony a keen cyclist can advise routes for all abilities and is often happy to accompany you himself.
The Living Spaces
Beehive Barn lies just beyond the owner's home, with private parking for two cars. Through the large glazed barn doors, you enter the open plan living space.
To one end is the cosy sitting room, with its plump sofas drawn around the log burning stove, where you will be able to tuck up with a roaring fire in winter or spill out to the little private garden come the spring and summer months.
The central area is given over to dining, where a fine table is set to give you views out across the courtyard to the surrounding meadow.
The kitchen is a good-sized space with fine hand-built units, maple worktops along with all the mod cons needed to rustle up your favourite Jamie or Delia dish. Or even try your hand at breadmaking with the Bread Maker and basic ingredients thoughtfully provided.
Off the dining area is the downstairs shower room with a super walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Stairs lead up to a large landing and the two bedrooms and bathroom. Both bedrooms have pitched ceilings and are delightfully furnished offering a choice between the double with its king-sized bed, and the twin-bedded room. Between the two is the bathroom, beautifully appointed with a contemporary roll top bath, basin and WC. As mentioned, there is also a shower room downstairs.
Outside you are surrounded by a landscape of meadows and low rolling fell. The little garden is for the sole use of guests and will make a pleasing space to relax in summer.
To summarise, for me this super property seems perfect for those seeking a romantic retreat or a base for family holidays, set far from the busy centres, yet with good local amenities and plenty to explore both near and further afield - Perfect…
The village of Caldbeck lies on the edge of the Caldbeck Fells, forming part of the northern massive of the Cumbrian Mountains. Set within a triangle of some of the most well-known locations and towns, you are only twenty five minutes or so from such popular places as Keswick, Penrith, Cockermouth, and the cathedral city Carlisle, set just below Hadrian’s Wall in the infamous land of the Reivers, and on up to the Solway Coast with its sandy beaches, abundance of wildlife and spectacular sunsets.
The village derives its name from the river Cald Beck on which it stands. The river provided power for a thriving mill industry, along with a brewery, a fine church and a huddle of pretty, traditional stone built, shops and houses.
The village is popular as a base for walkers and mountain bikers where it lies on the Cumbria Way, as well as two long distance cycle routes nearby, namely the C2C (Coast to Coast) and the Reivers Route.
The surrounding fells are distinct from the craggier central and southern fells, where these northern leviathans are of a softer, rounded nature, well known between the serious mountain, biking and fell walking fraternities.
Close by you have High Pike, Carrock Fell and the Uldale Fells. Just south of these, above Keswick, lies Blencathra along with the oldest of all the Cumbrian mountains, the mighty Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England. There is plenty of access to all of these magnificent fells and mountains, offering both high and low-level trails, along with forest and woodland, high moor and river valleys, with something for everyone and to suit all abilities.
Three of our finest lakes are within a short drive. Bassenthwaite lies to the west. At four miles in length it is one of the larger waters but also the shallowest, at a maximum depth of 70 feet. There are no large urban developments on its shores, making it a dark sky area perfect for stargazing. At the northwest head of the lake is the famous Pheasant Inn, noted for its architecture along with a fine cellar and cuisine.
South lies Keswick on the shores of Derwentwater. The main town of the north lakes it is a bustling market town set between the peaks of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater. An all-year-round place there are good shops, a host of restaurants and cafes, along with museums, a theatre, cinema and leisure centre. At the lake you can take a boat trip or hire one for yourself, exploring the shoreline and little bays. For more information on Keswick and its attractions see our links.
For walking, the shoreline of Derwentwater offers some of the classics such as Cat Bells, which can be accessed by road or by steamboat from Keswick, dropping off at Hause End Jetty, and adding a bit more fun to your day out.
West of Keswick is the beautiful serpentine Ullswater, thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District. Compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is a serpentine body of water snaking a nine-mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain. Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walks and water activities.
One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. Explored from the southern end of the lake, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, Fairfield and Helvellyn, you take the path from Glenridding over to the east side of the water. The route takes you all the way to Sandwick and onto Howtown. You will be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight. For the return journey, board the steamboat from Howtown back to Glenridding, but do check boat times and last sailings.
For those who like getting up high, there are some of the best mountains, the most famous being Helvellyn and the precipitous Striding Edge – please do take a good map and observe mountain safety guidelines.
A gentler walk is to Aira Force, probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls. The main force falls some 70ft below a stone footbridge - so don't forget your camera.
Getting on the water is easy. You can take a boat cruise on one of the five beautiful steamers in the Ullswater Steamer fleet. They run the boats from Glenridding, with piers also at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. It's a great way to see the lake from a different perspective and well worth taking a camera.
Boat hire is readily available, both at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, where you have a varied selection of craft on offer including kayaks, sailing boats and little motorboats, along with hire of fishing tackle and licenses.
There are three main villages. At the far south is Patterdale with a little shop and the Lion Inn. Above this is Glenridding, offering shops, a garage and selection of cafes and inns, along with the boat terminus and boat hire at St Patrick’s Pier. At the far northern head of the lake is Pooley Bridge, again with a small but good selection of shops, cafes and inns.
On the eastern shore is one of our most famous hotels, The Sharrow Bay, with its Michelin starred restaurant. Not cheap, many people take the option of afternoon tea.
South of Keswick lie two more great attractions. The Honister Slate Mine is an adventure for all ages. Set at the summit of the Honister Pass it is the last working slate mine in England where you go deep underground on a fully guided mine tour. Honister is also home to the much talked about Via Ferrata, an amazing sky-high climbing experience.
Finally, you might like to add to your places to visit the Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter is just west of Keswick and is a great day out for all ages. If you're looking for adventure, try the Altura or Quercus mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning natural setting. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. Or if you've got a head of heights, swing through the trees on the Go-Ape course.
Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.